Del and Ruth Brooks of rural Alton will celebrate their 50th anniversary on May 30, 2014.
The former M. Ruth Mitchell and Delbert Brooks were married on May 30, 1964, by the Rev. Howard Todd Taylor.
He retired as pipe fitter from General Motors after 46 years and she retired as supervisor at U.S. District Court in Alton and East St. Louis with 25 years of service.
Their children are James Brooks and his wife, Carla of Van Wyck, S.C., and Charles Brooks and wife, Marianne, of Faribault, MN.
They have seven grandchildren, Jason, Andrew (A.J.), Bailey, Cooper, Desirae, Zeke and Mitchell and one great-granddaughter, Aurbrie Elizabeth.
A family vacation is being planned.